Cyberbullying

April 26, 2017

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While social media can serve to augment peer relationships in adolescence, it can also provide a forum for negative exchanges that can be quite hurtful. Those being bullied may experience academic problems, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

Cyberbullying is more pervasive than traditional bullying, with little escape. Images and videos are often more invasive than face-to-face taunting. There is more opportunity for others to join in – either to help or hurt – than in the traditional bullying that occurred at parties or the school cafeteria. Although, the wide pool of onlookers the internet provides makes people less likely to step in, as they often assume someone else will defend the victim. Fear, frustration, hopelessness, and powerlessness are often increased when the cyberbully is anonymous. In this situation, it could be anyone – even someone the person being bullied considers to be a friend.
Many teens think their parents or teachers will make the situation worse by bringing more attention to it. As such, parents may need to monitor their children’s online activities. Emotional support from parents is very helpful in these situations.

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